Van Thomas Bradford

Brief Life History of Van Thomas

When Van Thomas Bradford was born on 27 December 1894, in Libertyville, Jefferson, Iowa, United States, his father, Oscar Orin Bradford, was 44 and his mother, Mary Miles Lawson, was 37. He married Rose Agnes Marie Burns on 12 January 1921, in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He lived in Liberty Township, Jefferson, Iowa, United States for about 10 years and Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States for about 10 years. He registered for military service in 1919. He died on 9 January 1972, in Napa, California, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Van Thomas Bradford
1894–1972
Rose Agnes Marie Burns
1896–1982
Marriage: 12 January 1921
Betty Margaret Bradford
1921–
Lester Lawrence Bradford
1923–

Sources (17)

  • Van T Bradford in household of William C Metzgar, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Van Thomas Bradford, "Iowa, Delayed Birth Records, 1850-1939"
  • Van Thomas Bradford, "Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992"

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

1916 · The First woman elected into the US Congress

Jeannette Pickering Rankin became the first woman to hold a federal office position in the House of Representatives, and remains the only woman elected to Congress by Montana.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places, large and small, called Bradford; in particular the city in Yorkshire, which originally rose to prosperity as a wool town. There are others in Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, Greater Manchester, Norfolk, Somerset, Cheshire, Wiltshire and elsewhere. They are all named with Old English brād ‘broad’ + ford ‘ford’.

History: This name was brought independently to North American by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. William Bradford (1590–1657), born in Austerfield in South Yorkshire, England, the son of a yeoman farmer, was among the Pilgrim Fathers who emigrated to North America on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a signer of the Mayflower Compact and in 1621 he was elected governor of Plymouth colony, being re-elected thirty times. Another William Bradford (1663–1752), printer, came from Barnwell, Leicestershire, England, to Philadelphia, PA, in 1685, subsequently moving to New York, where he set up a printing press and founded a paper mill. His grandson, also called William Bradford (1721–91), was known as ‘the patriot printer’, famous for his Philadelphia newspaper, which among other things denounced the Stamp Act, "which no American can mention without abhorrence".

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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